In the opening segment, Peter watches Dennis Miller Live. The segment parodies Dennis Miller’s use of multi-syllabic words and obscure historical references. Ironically, the word Peter has trouble with is "rant".
The part at the basketball game where Peter imagines being alone with Cindi, and watches her try to seduce him with the sexy music in the background parodies a scene in the film American Beauty. Both scenes end with the cheerleaders unzipping their shirts. However, fried chicken humorously flies out of Cindi’s shirt instead of lush rose petals like Angela’s.
When Peter mistakes Chris’s slang-peppered speech for speaking in tongues, he tries to perform an exorcism, similar to that in the classic 1973 horror film The Exorcist.
The professor of Peter’s African American studies class mentions Thurgood Marshall’s 1967 appointment to the Supreme Court. Peter responds by “whooping,” in a manner similar to audience members on The Arsenio Hall Show.
Trying to convince the group of black men that he’s one of them, Peter borrows heavily from a speech by 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. However, instead of referencing various incidents in the civil rights movement, Peter mentions episodes of 1970s/1980s sitcoms with black characters, including The Jeffersons, Good Times, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life.
Peter uses his reparations money to turn his den into the set from Pee-wee's Playhouse, sings a comical variation of the theme song, convinces Brian to play the genie Jambi, references the King of Cartoons, and screams when Lois says the “secret word”.
Peter's greeting to his family and the Pewtersmidts, "Hey, hey, hey!" parody Dwayne's greeting from the African American comedy, What's Happening!?.